This list is correct to the best of my knowledge, however, I
accept absolutely no responsibility for the accuracy of this information or
for the consequences and/or damages occurring from any inaccuracies. I
have compiled this list for the purposes of sharing information only. This
is not intended to be used in any way except for personal entertainment.
It is a compilation of both personal information and information submitted
from others from the Internet. ALL SERIAL NUMBERS SHOULD BE VERIFIED FROM
THE MANUFACTURER PRIOR TO ANY PURCHASE OR ASSEMBLY. It should be noted
that it is a felony to possess a Post-Ban (newly assembled after Sept 13,
1994) assault weapon.
If any information presented here is found to be incorrect or you have
additional information to contribute, please contact me via E-Mail
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will update and re-issue the list.
All items marked with a single asterisk (*) are taken from
The year/serial numbers under Colt SP series was forwarded to me by an individual whose return address I
no longer have. Double asterisk (**) under Bushmaster, a person on the
internet e-mailed me that he had a lower that was shipped stripped (thus
not a complete rifle) in 1991 from Bushmaster with serial #0327XX - ALWAYS
CALL TO VERIFY.
No information - Apparently machined from bar stock aluminum, lowers are marked as M-15.
American Spirit Arms (Formerly "Sun Valley Traders")
ALL lowers are Post-Ban. Began introduction of lowers and rifles in mid/late 1998.
Noted as having good fit & finish. Also, reported to be manufactured by Lewis Machine & Tool.
Slightly over S/N 30,000 was the Pre-Ban cut-off, call to verify.*
(Some Eagle lowers below the 30,000 range were determined to be POST ban by BATF - call to verify)
Armalite sells Eagle lowers, but sells factory complete rifles with Armalite lowers.
Made stainless steel lowers, rumored to have also made AR-15 pistols. Lower marked
M16-SA. This is NOT verifiable info as it came from the Internet. Out of Business.
Below L051000 - Assembled Pre-Ban Rifles and some pre-94 lowers.**
L051001-L063000 - Mixed Pre-Ban Assembled Rifles and Pre-Sept 94 Lowers (Call to verify)
L063001 and Up - Post-Ban
Lower marked CIA. All are Post-Ban. Made with Olympic Arms Receivers under contract.
CC001616 and Below - Pre-Ban
CH019500 and Below - Pre-Ban
GC018500 and Below - Pre-Ban
LH011326 and Below - Pre-Ban
MH086020 and Below - Pre-Ban
NL004800 and Below - Pre-Ban
SL027246 and Below - Pre-Ban
SP360200 and Below - Pre-Ban
ST038100 and Below - Pre-Ban
TA10100 and Below - Pre-Ban
BD000134 and Below - Pre-Ban (AR-15A3 Tactical Carbine - very rare model)
MT00001 and Above - Post-Ban
BK000001and Above - Post Ban (CAR-A3)
CST000001 and Above - Post-Ban (Began Late 1997 Production)
CMH000001 and Above - Post Ban
CCH010000 and Above - Post Ban MT6700, MT6700C and MT6700CH series, 1998 production
Dalphon (360) 427-6867
All are POST ban. Cast 356-T6 Aluminum, hardcoat anodized per mil-spec A-8625
Below 10300 - Pre-Ban.
Some or all lowers are cast. Black in color. Some lowers are Stainless Steel.
Eagle Arms 309-944-6939
Now called ArmaLite. They will not give out a list, but will
look up on an individual basis. Lower receiver serial numbers DO NOT begin with EA.
All are Pre-Ban as they went out of business in 1993. (DPMS bought them prior to the Ban)
Call DPMS Lower receiver serial numbers begin with EA. Some or all lowers are cast.
Light gray coloring. It is rumored that Ruger investment casted the lowers for Essential Arms.
All are pre-ban. As rumor has it, Olympic Arms produced
the lowers for Frankford Arsenal
Call Olympic Arms and then Frankford assembled the weapon. A2
configuration lower. Frankford Arsenal went out of business in 1987. (Info from RudolphoS@aol.com)
All AR-15’s are post ban. Manufacturing began late 1997/early 1998.
J.L.M & Sons* (603) 425-1860
SC001 thru SC250 are Pre-Ban. All others are post ban.
Knights Armament Co.
All AR-15’s are post ban, very few AR-10’s are pre-ban. No further info at this time.
Military Manufacturing (M2) (FAX 702-263-7875)
All were military/law enforcement only. Full auto lowers were standard,
semi were optional. Lowers were machined form raw bar stock with
improvements incorporated - 18deg magazine angle and square mag
release. (See: http://www.m2corp.com/HOME.htm)
See "Sendra" below.
Olympic Arms 360-459-7940 4-numbers only - very very old. Probably machined from bar stock.
1-letter and 4# - older receiver, but forgings. (Some are newer, POST ban castings - call to verify.)
2-letters & 4# - most receivers follow this pattern.
2#, 2 letters, 4# - the first two #'s are year of manufacture of the lower.
2 letters, 6# (separated 2 & 4 - e.g. SA 96 0000) - first 2 #'s are year of manufacture.
"ICR" marked lowers are an European customer’s overrun, has an unused additional hole - all ICR lowers are post ban.
Olympic Arms Manufacturer’s Notes:
1. There were some odd variations and some custom serial numbers mixed in
thru the years also. And, some receivers manufactured after the ban
have the year stamp after the model name, not in the serial #. And if
you don't see a year stamp on the receiver, it is not necessarily pre-ban.
2. Serial numbers that end in "D" were duplicates and one was changed
using this letter.
3. Recently some serial numbers have left with one or two letters followed
by FIVE numbers. The last numbers are either 5's or 0's. 99.9% of these
4. "Older" does not always mean pre-ban as per Corey Sattler.
5. "BL" serial number series lowers are transitional with some pre and
some post ban. If you have a "BL" you’ll have to call to verify for
All are post ban (including all of the pistols).
PWA (360) 438-3983
35222 and Below - Pre-Ban (Note:Some lowers are cast not forged. Out of business)
Post-ban have a year prefix in the serial number. Rumored to have only sold lowers.
Rocky Mountain Arms
Producer of AR-15 type pistols.
Post-ban receivers have a circle milled into the side of the magwell.
They were originally bead-blasted to a non-glare finish. All others are
pre-ban. (This is unverified info…) Also, they used to be NESARD. Rumored
to have been owned by Dick Drasen (currently M&A Parts) and produced
lowers only out of Barrington, Illinois. No complete guns were sold (again,